Hauxley: Western fields

These grass pasture fields are on an extension to the Hauxley Nature reserve from 2015.  These pastures are a small section of a larger arable field that was seeded to grass in the year before they were added to the reserve.  The paddocks are not diverse in terms of species but the mixed lengths of grass that is maintained in these fields through grazing provides valuable feeding for species such as barn owl and kestrel.

Swaledale sheep at hauxley
Swaledale sheep at Hauxley

Over time Northumberland Wildlife Trust would like to diversify the northern and smaller of the two paddocks with more wild flowers.  The southern paddock will probably remain as shorter grazed grass to help maintain a diversity of habitat and feeding opportunities for wildlife.

The fields are grazed for most of the year with a mixture of sheep and highland cattle.

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